Garrett Sorenson is a rising performer with unique promise for his rich and powerful voice. He has appeared on some of the most notable operatic stages around the world including the Metropolitan Opera where has been heard as ‘Froh’ in Wagner’s "Das Rheingold," ‘Cassio’ in "Otello," ‘Da-Ud’ in "Die Agyptische Helena," ‘Alfred’ in "Die Fledermaus," ‘Scaramuccio’ in "Ariadne auf Naxos," ‘Arturo’ in "Lucia di Lammermoor," ‘Shepherd’ in "Tristan und Isolde," ‘The Young Man’ in "Die Frau ohne Schatten," and ‘The Youth’ in "Moses und Aaron." His debut at The Met was in the role of ‘Itulbo’ in "Il Pirata" opposite Renée Fleming. He is a graduate of their Lindemann Young Artist Development Program and has performed leading roles with the San Francisco Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Houston Grand Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Canadian Opera Company, West Australian Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Arizona Opera, Opera Colorado, Kentucky Opera, New Orleans Opera, the Gotham Chamber Opera, and many more.
Garrett has also performed with numerous symphonies including the New York Philharmonic, the San Francisco Symphony, Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Verbier Festival Orchestra, the Grand Rapids Symphony, the Baltimore Symphony, Alabama Symphony, Pacific Symphony, and the Houston Symphony.
Among his honors and awards, Garrett was the winner of the Opera Birmingham Young Singer Contest and the Sorantin Young Artist Award. He was also a finalist in the Loren L. Zachary Society Contest for Young Opera Singers and The Metropolitan Opera National Council Audition’s Southwest Region and was named a winner at the George London Foundation Competition and a Sara Tucker Study Grant Winner. This was followed by a Richard Tucker Foundation Career Grant. He is a graduate of Texas Tech University, and he resides in Kentucky with his wife Elizabeth Batton and his sons.
Garrett can currently be seen in Manhattan Theatre Club's "Master Class" on Broadway with fellow "Adaumbelle's Quest" participant Alexandra Silber, as well as Tyne Daly, Sierra Boggess, Jeremy Cohen, and Clinton Brandhagen through September 4. Click here for tickets!
1. Who or what inspired you to become performer? Peter O'Toole/ Man of La Mancha and Three Tenors/Dodger Stadium.
2. Who is the one person you haven't worked with that you would like to? Jeff Bridges.
3. What attracted you to "Master Class" and what is your favorite part of the show? It’s such a great play, the whole thing is great. My favorite line is, Callas: "pay no attention to this music, it’s ridiculous." Wonderful moment in the show. Also, my whole aria, where Tyne sets up the scene, right through to the end. I love the interjections and the way she delivers them. It’s thrilling and comforting all at once-a great way to feel while on stage!
4. What do you get from performing in theatre that you don't get from performing in opera? On this project there has been much, much more time available to focus on the truth of the character, the truth of the lines and the meanings between the lines. It’s a luxury we don't often have in Opera.
5. What have you learned about yourself from being a performer? I have learned that I DO want to be an artist.
6. What is your favorite part of the rehearsal/preview period in a show? Well, I am not a fan of previews. I miss my wife. Whoever invented previews is not cool in my book . . . anyway, I LOVED LOVED rehearsing for this show. Such wonderful people to work with. Every day is a joy with these people.
7. Favorite place to practice/rehearse on your own? In my car.
8. Favorite way to spend your day off? With my wife and kids at the beach.
9. Favorite website? Facebook.
10. Superman or Wonder Woman? WONDER WOMAN!!
11. What's the best advice you've ever received? In a Renata Scotto Master Class, she told the students that they would be given lots of advice through their careers, some good, some bad. She told us it was up to us to have a 'mental suitcase' where we should keep the good, and let the rest go.
12. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? My wife, and we would be flying.